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Friday, 27 November, 2020

Davood Shiri, national civil activist convinced to imprisonment

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Human Rights in Iran – August 1, 2020, Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Tabriz, presided over by judge Rahim Hamlbar, issued a lawsuit against Davood Shiri, a national civil activist and one of the detainees of November 2019 protests and sentenced him to 3 years in prison.

According to Human Rights in Iran, today, Saturday, August 1, 2020, branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Tabriz, headed by judge Hamlbar, sentenced Davood Shiri, a national civil activist residing in Tabriz and one of the detainees of November 2019 uprisings to 3 years in prison on charges of propaganda against the regime and membership in the illegal Gamaj Group. The hearing on the case of this national civil activist was held by the mentioned branch in July of the current year.

Talking to the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a well-informed source said: “Davood Shiri, an Azerbaijani national civil activist was sentenced by branch 1 of the Tabriz Revolutionary Court to 3 years in prison on charges of propaganda against the regime and membership in the illegal Gamaj Group.”

The hearing on the case of Davood Shiri was held on June 24, 2020 by branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Tabriz, chaired by judge Rahim Hamlbar, and this civil activist presented his defenses to the court on charges of propaganda against the regime and membership in the illegal Gamaj Group.

Following a raid by Tabriz security forces on workplace and the residence of these citizens, and confiscating their personal belongings, Davood Shiri along with his brother Ayoub Shiri, Naser Kholousi and Mohammad Mahmoudi, were arrested at 10:00 AM on Sunday, November 17, 2019 and after passing the interrogation process and being informed of their accusations, each of these individuals was temporarily released on February 26, 2020 on a bail of 600 million Tomans.

Between 16 to 25 percent of Iran’s population are Turkic-speaking, most of whom live in the provinces of East and West Azerbaijan, Ardabil and Zanjan. Some of these citizens consider the government’s treatment of Turkish-speaking citizens to be discriminatory and consider the ban on teaching non-Persian languages in schools to be one of the most prominent forms of discrimination, which has always been protested by some civil society activists in these areas.

The suppression of civil activists violates the International Human Rights Instruments, Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) adopted on December 16, 1966, which emphasize the individuals’ rights to release their thoughts and opinions regardless of boundary restrictions.

Also enjoying the right to a fair trial by an impartial tribunal in the presence of a jury and by preserving the right of the accused to appoint his or her lawyer in a trial, is one of the issues accentuated in International Instrument of Human Rights, including Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 14 the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), adopted on December 16, 1966.

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